We are at this crossroad for for many reasons. These include:
- Declining student population
- Aging buildings
- Higher costs
- Increasing educational demands
- Anxiety over Taxes, and
- Distrust of government institutions in general and our past School Board in particular
Educational excellence is what makes this district a state and national benchmark to which other districts aspire. The hybrid high school will provide the flexibility that future educational challenges will demand. The administration is also confident that the larger building will maintain the small school advantages that we all desire while eliminating the problems that are inherent in the 2 mile bus ride between buildings.
We also need the fiscal responsibility to address the very tough economic realities that are facing all school districts in the state including ours. After participating in most of the Community Partnership Committees over the past year, I am confident that we are up to this challenge. This high school proposal is easily affordable by the school district, being well below the borrowing limit set for us by the State of Michigan, and by the taxpayer, representing only 3% of our annual property tax bill. This plan is a critical step towards addressing the deficits that are potentially ahead of us.
Does this take a degree of trust in the school board and administration? Sure. Do I think they are worthy of that trust? After working one-on-one with many of them for a year, the answer is absolutely!
This is why I’m voting YES on May 8th.